In this tutorial we will learn how to create a seamless pattern using Pattern Creation feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6, Width Gradient Tool and Width Selector Tool. With these tools, the creation of patterns has become much easier. Have you tried yet? If not, download WidthScribe's 14 day free trial now!
We begin our tutorial by creating a base of the seamless pattern. Using the InkScribe Tool (DrawScribe) I created ten curved segments that represent uniform stroke paths.
Select the created paths, then go to, which leads to a transition into the Pattern Creation mode. Choose the Tile Type: Brick by Row, then take Pattern Tile Tool in the Pattern Options panel.
Pattern Tile Tool allows us to change the size of the tiles — adjusting the distance between the elements of the pattern.
Continue creating the base of our floral pattern while staying in the Pattern Creation mode. Create new curved segments using the InkScribe Tool or Pen Tool (P). The Pattern Creation mode allows us to create new elements that will not overlap with the existing ones, as we see the adjacent tiles.
Continue filling in the gaps between the elements of the pattern.
Now transform the uniform paths into variable width paths. The Width Gradient and Width Selector Tools, which are present in WidthScribe, will help us with this.
So, take the Width Gradient Tool and open its panel. Now choose a V-shaped graph type for the width distribution via the panel's fly-out menu.
Choose the Liner mode and set the absolute values for the minimum and maximum width of the path.
Now select the path shown in the picture below, and apply gradient to it by clicking and dragging.
This resulted in a variable width path, with which we will continue to work using the Width Selector Tool. After selecting this tool, we can see all the width markers that this path has.
Here I would like to note that the number of width markers produced is controlled by the optimization level in the Width Gradient panel. The greater the optimisation, the less markers that will result. A reduced optimisation level will deliver more markers and technically greater accuracy in the resultant variable stroke width profile(s).
Select the top width marker of the selected path using the Width Selector Tool, then open the panel of the tool.
Press the Taper Stroke button in this panel, which will lead to the sharpening (tapering) of the upper part of the variable width path.
With the help of the Width Selector Tool, you can select any marker and change its width by setting the desired value in the numeric field of the Specify Width. This is much more convenient than using standard Width Tool's (W) dialog box which is accessed by individually clicking on each width marker.
You can also delete any selected marker, except for the first and last marker by pressing the Delete width markers button.
Apply the Liner Width Gradient to the other selected path, this time with a linear distribution of width.
To round off the end of the path, choose the Round Cap option in the Stroke panel.
To quickly select all the width markers of the path, select one of its markers, then click on "Select all markers on path".
You can also use the marquee selection in this tool for the same purpose.
Now we are able to simultaneously adjust the width of all selected width markers by percentage. To do this, enter the necessary amount into the numeric field of the Change Width, then increase or decrease the width of the path by clicking on the buttons "+" or "-".
Create the shape of another leaf of our floral pattern. This time I was using Liner Width Gradient with ^-shaped width distribution from the first to the last point of the gradient.
Take the Width Selector Tool, then click the Enter/Return button to open the Width Selector Preferences dialog box. Now tick "Shift Stroke From Side to Side".
Select the center width marker with the help of the Width Selector Tool, then press the "]" key to offset the stroke at the around the selected marker to the right.
Using all the above mentioned techniques, I shaped all the uniform paths.
In order for the pattern to not look too heavy, I created the variable width path of white color using the Width Gradient Tool and Width Selector Tool.
Finally, with the help of the Ellipse Tool (L) I created a few white circles as ornaments for the petals.
Now that the seamless pattern is ready, click Done at the top of the Pattern Creation mode window. This action will exit the mode and save the pattern to the Swatches panel.
Now you can apply the seamless pattern to objects of any shape.
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